Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Meet the Correspondents - Laura Gillis

I am not sure where to start so I will just jump right in.... I am an artist living in the Rolling Plains of North Central Texas. Many visitors (and folks who live here) complain that it is not very scenic or ‘pretty’ here and we lack natural diversity but I think it is one of the best places in the world -- you just have to slow down and look! (We don’t have all those pesky trees and mountains to get in the way of our view. ha!) I am an active member of the Rolling Plains Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists and we help educate the public on the natural wonders of our area.

My journals are mostly ink and watercolor but I also like pen & ink and pencil. When I am not nature journaling, I create welded sculptures by recycling or re-purposing scrap metal, tractor parts and found objects.  My day job is at an advertising agency.

I come from a very creative family but I don’t have ‘formal’ training. I am mostly self-taught with a few workshops thrown in here and there. One of the best was with Hannah Hinchman in Yellowstone in 2000. It was a wonderful experience to say the least. 

I am technologically challenged (mostly by choice) and I don’t have a website yet but I am working on it... in the meantime, you can check out my blog at (http://yellowcatart.blogspot.com/)

I am very honored to have been invited to participate in this site and I can’t wait to get going!

Happy Sketching!


  1. Laura, welcome aboard! Another Hannah Hinchman alumni--we've got several on the group! I've never gotten to take one of Hannah's workshops, but her books have been favorites for years--she changed the way I keep a journal. And she's an old friend--I am envious!

    We'll look forward to more of your pages!

  2. How wonderful to be in Yellowstone with Hannah Hinchman, and how nice to meet you!

  3. Welcome Laura, I too am in north central Texas...Dallas. We must plan a sketchcrawl.


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